Want to live in Merida? Let's talk about the heat.
When picking a spot for us to live in Mexico, weather was vital. It was at the top of our priority list. Be careful what you wish for. The weather and heat of Merida was something that we had been warned about and thought nothing of. We live for sun and warmth...
We were raised in Southeast Wisconsin. This might be the reason that we love warmth so much, we didn't get enough vitamin D growing up. The summers of Wisconsin are amazing and short. Which gives you 8-12 weeks if you are lucky of nice BBQ weather. I love this time of year in Wisconsin; however, it is always jammed packed full of events because remember after late October you have to hibernate in your house until April or May or June depending on Mother Natures' temperament. Having two small children makes going out in the snow or freezing temperatures nothing short of exhausting. Have you seen the 'Christmas Story 'movie where the kid can't walk? Yup...that is what it is like.
Back to Merida, we picked it because it is close to beaches, snorkeling, and almost never gets below 70...ever. You could spend the whole year in flip-flops and since flip-flops are my favorite thing in the world next to coffee and coffee ice-cream, that sounded great for us. After spending a few months in Malaysia, Thailand and of course our year South Carolina we wanted more heat!
The heat of Merida Reality
Reality is that not only will you spend the whole year in flip-flops, you will also walk around all day in your underwear fearing you might have to run an errand at 2 pm and walk 12 blocks in 110 Fahrenheit (with heat index) weather.
The reality is that very few people go out between 11-4:30 because it is just too hot. That is the whole day people! Well, actually it isn't here in Merida because school starts at 7 am so that kids can get out by 12:45 in an attempt to get children out of the school before they die of heat exhaustion. Have the heat exhaustion at home...please.
Then there is the humidity. Now Wisconsin is known for having some hot, humid summer days as well; however, it is no comparison to the constant 80%-90% humidity. My poor hair. My hair is dead, well not really, but if it could talk it would be complaining about the humidity.
I can rock two hairstyles: 1. ponytail 2. braids, that is it. I recently bought a hair straightener in an attempt to have good hair. First, I have to lay almost naked in air-conditioning for about 20 minutes, then straighten 1/4 of my hair, leave the bathroom and repeat until I am done. It is sad. Zeek just rolls his eyes in my attempt to have good hair. I don't know why I try sometimes. It has been two months since my hair has been down.
What is everyone else doing?
Many afternoons I feel as if we must be doing something wrong. How is everyone else coping? Recently we have been peaking into peoples houses in an attempt to understand what we are doing wrong. What we found out was that everyone else is walking around in their underwear too!!! Yes, the men are shirtless, and the kids are running around in their underwear. Everyone is in the dark because you wouldn't imagine turning on the lights in this heat and humidity.
What are we doing to keep cool? A few rules that we must live by here in the heat of Merida:
All errands need to be done by 10:30 am
Cotton clothing is not your friends
Keep the lights off between 12- 4 pm and you will stay cooler
No excessive activity should be planned between 12-4
Just don't do anything between 12-4...okay
Drink lots and lots of water.
Don't turn on your oven
Use your air-conditioning if possible.
Have a pool
What is saving us?
There are a few things that are keeping us from living at the local Walmart's freezer section. We close the bedroom door and turn on the air-conditioning for a bit during the day. You don't want this on too long as electricity in Mexico is expensive.
Drinking beer, you don't mind sweating as much with a beer in your hand.
The POOL!!! We have a fabulous pool that the kids spend a couple of hours after school in.
This is NOT the hot season.
I laugh hysterically when people tell me this is the cold season. The hot season is in April and May. It averages over 105 at about 90% humidity in April. Hmmm no, thank you!
They do say that it takes about 9 months to acclimate to this type of heat and humidity. I don't know if I could do this 24 x 7. As I see pictures of friends and family picking apples and hunting pumpkins, I long for the coziness of a warm sweater. The taste and warmth of hot apple cider. Oh and scarfs....who knew I loved scarves so much. I am missing fall fashion and expensive warm drinks.
Finding a happy medium!
One thing travel has taught us is change and how to handle it. Every day is different and could throw us a curve ball. We know and embrace this about our nomadic lifestyle. We now know that we don't like Wisconsin's winters or Merida's heat and humidity.
We plan on sweating and panting with the rest of Merida until December and can't wait for my mom and sister to come and visit us in December. Maybe they will bring some snow.
Until then I guess I am forced to drink a beer by the pool.